Yom Kippur Reflection

“I have spent too much time at war with myself and too little time cultivating a life worth living. I vow to channel all the energy I have spent on my eating disorder to repair my relationship with the people I love, myself, my body, and with nourishment.”

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Recovering within Diet-Culture

“Recovery is hard in our culture but NOT impossible. You are both a fighter, and a warrior. You will reach the other side of Diet-Culture, you’ll see through all the lies it sells and rise above them, you will say no to things that no longer serve you and be free!”

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New Memories

“As I continue down my recovery journey, I recognize the admirable willpower I DO have: the strength to tell my eating disorder “no” and give myself permission to create delicious memories.”

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"You Don't Look Sick"

“The societal pressure that I needed to be a gaunt, walking skeleton to be considered ill needs to shift because eating disorders present in a spectrum of symptoms. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum a person is still worthy and in need of validation and support”.

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Importance of Gratitude and Humility in Recovery

“Gratitude and humility allow us to accept that there will be ups and downs in our recovery and to be grateful for the progress that we have made. Fostering a sense of gratitude in recovery helps reframe negative beliefs and allows us to replace them with healthy and happy thought patterns that can help guide us to make healthier choices in our lives and motivates us to overcome our biggest challenges with disordered eating.”

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The Power of Graduating In Spite of ED

“As someone who was accompanied by ED during all 4 years of college, a diploma signifies more than pushing through late nights writing papers or studying enough for my final exams. It represents surviving late nights sobbing, questioning if I was good enough or strong enough to fight through an eating disorder. It represents powering through challenging meals, even when I felt like I had to compensate for how much I already ate or like I simply didn’t deserve to eat. Graduation day was not just a culmination of the college experience. It was evidence that I am enough and that I can conquer any challenge, including my eating disorder.”

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